A Reflection of God

Proverbs 8:6-8 describes the words which Wisdom utters: “Listen, for I will speak noble things; and the opening of my lips will reveal right things. For my mouth will utter truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the utterances of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing crooked or perverse in them.”

It is GOD who is the author of this wisdom. Verse :23 says “The LORD possessed me at the beginning of His way, before His works of old”; some even believe it is the Lord Jesus speaking.

At minimum wisdom comes from God and reflects His character. So these verses describe the words of God: everything in His word is noble; whatever it says is right and true, and “there is nothing crooked or perverse in them.” God’s words are “refined seven times as in a furnace” as the scripture says elsewhere. They are totally true and trustworthy.

And our words should be too! In fact, these verses can be read from another perspective: from that of the one who claims to be a child of God. If we belong to God, then we should be be of such character and integrity as to be able to say these same things about our OWN words, as this passage does about God’s:

— “the opening of my lips will reveal right things.” If we are are saying something — anything — people should be able to count on it being true.

— “there is nothing crooked or perverse in them.” Just as we would not expect evil to come from the mouth of God, nothing evil should come out of our mouths either.

Proverbs 8:6-8 not only instructs us about God’s word, it gives us a standard for our own. If we are truly walking with the Lord, our words will be like His: absolutely true and good, and profitable to anyone who hears us speak.

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, features the text of my sermons, book reviews, family life experiences -- as well as a brief overview of the Lifeway "Explore the Bible" lesson for Southern Baptist Sunday School teachers.
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